September the month of ………..


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September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Click on the link above for the web site with all the information you need to be prepared.

In September we also celebrate National V-J Day, (2nd); National Pizza Day, (5th); Labor Day, (7th); Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance (11th); Grandparents Day (13th); Star-Spangled Banner Day (written by Francis Scott Key, 1814, 14th); National Cheeseburger Day (18th);  Autumn Begins (23rd); and National Pancake Day (26th).

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Please note as of August 31, 2015 our Library hours will change:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday       10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Thursday and Friday                         10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday                                              10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The library is very excited to have our extended hours reinstated and would like to thank the Craven County Commissioners for making this happen.


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Sunday Brass Concert

Sunday Brass Concert  – August 30, 2015 @ 3:00pm

Friendship Brass Quintet

Ben Pierles, Trumpet

Althesina Krutulewski, Trumpet

D’jella Anderson, French Horn

Lee K. Allen, Trombone

Ryan Becker, Bass

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Summer Reading Program…

Our Summer Reading Program has wound down and we have enjoyed all of our young readers and the wonderful craft projects that have been completed. We hope to continue seeing all their faces as the year progresses.  We have been very busy and wish to express our thanks to our patrons for their patience during this time frame.  The library will continue to have Preschool Story Time every Thursday morning from  10:30 – 12:00pm.

The winner of the Grand Prize Drawing (a $25 gift certificate) went to Luann Rottmann and the winner of the Donation Drawing(a $25 certificate) went to Kami Wilson.  Please check out our pictures under Kids Korner.


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August the month of…

August is the month of…….


We have had a very hot, and humid summer so far and do not expect August to be any different.  Since we have had Heat Advisory Alerts for so many days, I thought it would be a good idea to include some tips for Heat safety.

  • do not leave children and/or pets in a locked car or truck
  • make sure everyone is hydrated (plenty of fluids for everyone)
  • try to stay in the shade
  • limit trips outside (time and length)
  • recognize dangers of heat exhaustion/heat stroke

As things wind down with our Summer Reading Program, we hope that everyone enjoyed the activities and reading from young to old.  Perhaps we have encouraged some new life time readers.  I can remember having my own library card and walking to the local library and searching out books to read.  The librarian always had a smile and  a comment on how quickly I had finished “all those books.”  I took to carrying a paper bag (doubled) to tote my books back and forth. I remember hurrying home because I didn’t want to wait another moment to dig into my new books.

Please check out our Summer Reading Program pictures (under Kids Korner) and see how much fun Ms. Deb and Mr. Fox are having with our Super Hero Readers!

And remember… August is the month of National Eye Exam Month, National Catfish Month, National Golf Month, National Peach Month, National Family Fun Month, and National Water Quality Month to name just a few!  Enjoy the last month of summer and as always, pick up a book and READ!

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July the month of…

July is a month well known for many things.  Of course it starts off with a “bang” on the 4th of July for our Independence Day celebrations. A lot of people celebrate with parades, cook-outs, music, reunions, and end the day with fireworks.

Also July starts our Summer Reading Programs. Every week Miss Deb and Miss Margie meet with those groups involved with the program and have a fun and creative time. Check out our prior post titled Summer Reading Project for dates and times.

July is also the start of the Hurricane season.  Here in North Carolina we take this very seriously and make sure our hurricane supplies are stocked and up to date. Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit: Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries. First aid kit. Whistle to signal for help. Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place, Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food). Local maps.

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:   Prescription medications and glasses, Infant formula and diapers, Pet food and extra water for your pet, Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container, Cash or traveler’s checks and change, Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information, sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate. complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate. Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners. Fire Extinguisher Matches in a waterproof container, Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items, Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels, Paper and pencil, Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.  This information is per:

The month of July is also designated as:

  • National Baked Bean Month
  • National Bison Month
  • National Black Family Month
  • National Blueberries Month
  • National Child-Centered Divorce Month
  • National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month
  • National Culinary Arts Month
  • National Dog House Repairs Month
  • National Grilling Month
  • National Horseradish Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month
  • National July Belongs to Berries Month
  • National Make a Difference to Children Month
  • National Outdoor Month
  • National Picnic Month
  • National Recreation and Parks Month
  • National Share a Sunset with Your Lover Month
  • National Wheelchair Beautification Month

Please be safe and while you are enjoying your activities during the month of July, stop into the library and check out a book, cd, dvd or magazine to take along with you while you are having a picnic, visiting a park, eating a hot dog or an ice cream cone with some berries, and enjoying a sunset.  Enjoy the month!


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   NC Veterans Book Group





An informal setting for veterans to share their experiences,

connect with other veterans in discussions of literature related to war and     homecoming.

The program is free and availability is first come, first served.

Meetings will be held twice a month beginning the end of June at the             Havelock-Craven County Public Library.

Sponsored by the

North Carolina

Humanities Council


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June the month of…

June is here and with her coming, we have warmer weather and more powerful storms.  We also have some important days in this month.  On June 6th we commemorate D-Day WWII,  on the 21st we celebrate Father’s Day as well as it being the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the summer).  Also, on June 14th is Flag Day and is also the birthday of the United States Army.  Please remember these days as you travel through this month.

Flag Day in United States

People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. On the same day, the United States Army celebrates its birthday.

Flag Day USA
Flag Day honors the United States flag.
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What do people do?

Flag Day falls within National Flag Week, a time when Americans reflect on the foundations of the nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents freedom and has been an enduring symbol of the country’s ideals since its early days. During both events, Americans also remember their loyalty to the nation, reaffirm their belief in liberty and justice, and observe the nation’s unity.

Many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American flag at homes and public buildings. Other popular ways of observing this holiday include: flag-raising ceremonies; Flag Day services; school quizzes and essay competitions about the American flag; musical salutes; street parades; and awards for special recognition.

Organizations such as The National Flag Day Foundation are actively involved in coordinating activities centered on the event and keeping the flag’s traditions alive. Following Flag Day is Honor America Days, a 21-day period through to Independence Day (July 4) to honor America. During this period, people hold public gatherings and activities to celebrate and honor the nation.

Public life

Although Flag Day is a nationwide observance, it is not a public holiday in many parts of the United States. It is a legal holiday in a few areas in the USA, such as Montour County in Pennsylvania.


On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.

In June 1886 Bernard Cigrand made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he wrote an article titled “The Fourteenth of June” in the old Chicago Argus newspaper. Cigrand’s effort to ensure national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation to: call on government officials in the USA to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day; and to urge US residents to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.


The American flag, also nicknamed as “Old Glory” or “star-spangled banner”, has changed designs over the centuries. It consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars. Each of the 50 stars represents one of the 50 states in the United States and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that became the first states in the Union.

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Please donate items at the Havelock Library!

Cleaning Supplies                                  Clinic Needs

Trash Bags (13 & 33 gallon)                                             Distilled Water
Hand Soap                                                                         Pedialyte
Unscented Liquid  Laundry Detergent                         Cable Ties
Unscented Bleach
Pine Sol
Tissues (no Lotion)
Toilet Paper (no Lotion)


Black Oil or Striped Sunflower Seeds                     Rabbit Pellets
Science Diet Feline Original Formula                    Cat Litter (old fashioned clay -not clumping)
 Iams Dog Food                                                          Start and Grow “un-medicated feed”
Premium Wild Bird Seed                                        Pond Pellet Fish Food
Purina Kitten Chow                                                  Cracked Corn & Whole Corn
Raw Nuts – Hard Unshelled – Pecans, Peanuts, Acorns, Walnuts, etc.

For each item you donate, no matter the cost, your name will be put into a drawing for a secret, special surprise, held on August 14th, 2015, at 12:01 pm EST.

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